Lakers waive Andrew Goudelock
The former second-round pick from the College of Charleston became something of a fan favorite last season, earning the nickname "Mini Mamba" from teammate Kobe Bryant for his ability to come off the bench and score quickly and in bunches. He averaged 4.4 points in 10.5 minutes a game in 40 games as a rookie.
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"That was a tough one. That was one of the toughest cuts," Lakers coach Mike Brown said. "He's a great guy and an NBA player. Maybe he'll get an opportunity someplace else if he finds a place that fits for him."
But Goudelock became expendable when the Lakers acquired point guard Chris Duhon from Orlando in the trade that brought Dwight Howard to Los Angeles this summer. A bit undersized to play shooting guard, Brown tried Goudelock as a point guard during the preseason.
"I was surprised. It caught me off guard," Lakers forward Pau Gasol said. "I felt bad for him. I know he's going to be fine. He's a talented player. He'll have a spot someplace else."
The Lakers have 13 players on guaranteed contracts. Only this year's second-round picks -- center Robert Sacre and guard Darius Johnson-Odom -- remain in camp. Final rosters are due Monday at 5 p.m. Eastern time, however Saturday is somewhat of an unofficial deadline as it takes 48 hours for a player to clear waivers. A player who is waived after Saturday, would be due a small pro-rated portion of his salary.
A team must carry no less than 13 players but no more than 15 players. The Lakers, who already have the NBA's highest payroll at $99.2 million, have to weigh luxury tax considerations on the final few roster decisions.
Brown indicated that he thought the Lakers were done making cuts, but added that, "It's up to management and ownership. Right now we're kind of sitting where we're sitting."
Both Sacre and Johnson-Odom said they hadn't been updated about their status.
"No one has told me anything," said Sacre, who averaged 6.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in eight preseason games, playing an expanded role while Howard was out recovering from back surgery.
"You never know what they might be thinking. I have no control over this except for playing on the court. Obviously it's always going to be in the back of your mind. But there's nothing I can do. It's not in my hands. I've done everything I can."
Johnson-Odom played just 13 total minutes in three exhibition games, but the Lakers remain high on the former Marquette star because of his athleticism and work ethic.
"I have no idea," Johnson-Odom said after practice, when asked if he thinks he's made the team.
"Coach Mike told me after practice today, 'Keep working.' There's not going to be a lot of minutes for me at the beginning. But when it's time for me to be called, I need to be ready.
"(Lakers general manager) Mitch (Kupchak) obviously has a lot of faith in me from what he has seen in my college career and in summer league. I'm happy to have the opportunity to learn. I just have to wait my turn. It's obviously not my time right now. Hopefully I get that chance."